Irrigation District to Draw from Central Nebraska Lakes, Water Levels to Recede


In an effort to conserve storage water in Lake McConaughy, the Central Nebraska Public Power and Irrigation District is planning to lower the water levels of other central Nebraska lakes on its supply canal system.

The irrigation district is planning to use water already in the supply canal and its associated regulating reservoirs -- including Johnson Lake, Plum Creek Lake, Jeffrey Lake and Midway Lake -- to supply irrigators through September 2.

JohnsonLake's water level will begin to recede on Aug. 12 and is expected to declineby up to eight feet by the end of the month.

OtherSupply Canal lakes above Johnson Lake will also decline from normal levelsduring the drawdown period. Jeffrey Lake near Brady will decline by approximately four feet; Midway Lake near Cozad will drop about two feet; and Plum Creek Lake south of Lexington will be down about two feet.

Lake levels are expected to be back to normal bymid- to late September depending upon the availability of natural flow in thePlatte River.

CNPPID says theamount and timing of lake level declines may change depending upon irrigationdemands and the amount and location of any rainfall in the area.